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Streets Of San Francisco Pilot (1972) Review
I finally watched the Streets of SF pilot episode with Keller & Stone. The episode focuses on the death of young woman Holly Jean Berry and the prime suspect David Farr a lawyer played by legend Robert Wagner. Holly was found face down dead in the bay by a male jogger and his dog. She was wearing a David J. Farr business card laminated around her neck. They met at a party although I don't see what attracted David to Holly. She wasn't that sexy and wore a printed dress. There's also a good 15+ year age difference. Farr makes an ID of her body and explains to Keller and Stone that he was her lawyer when she wrecked her car on the freeway ramp. They found some grass on her at the hospital. She needed some representation. Farr has flashbacks remembering his time with Holly including their physical and sexual encounters. Keller & Stone visit the coroner who explains Holly was killed by a blow to the carotid artery. It wasn't a drowning and no sexual assault. Keller & Stone wonder if Holly's murder fits into a series of murders in SF. End Of Part I. JC


Added: Wednesday 09 August 2017 15:20:32 MST
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With regard to the stamp episode:

>There would be a small number of rare stamp collectors in SF and only a few people would know Mr. Sturdevant had the unique stamp.

But Hawkins the stamp expert says words to the effect that >no one< knows who really has the stamp, that is part of its "mystique."

>That would include the 3 appraisers and the insurance company.

The guy who created the policy died two months before. The appraisers are unknown on the policy, and there is no way to figure out who they are, according to Conway. When Conway is seen stealing the stamps, he switches the original policy with one from his pocket, where presumably this information has been altered. He would have the capability of adjusting these things at the office, because he is the "investigator" on the case and was the one who set up the whole scheme from the beginning.


Added: Tuesday 08 August 2017 08:01:54 MST
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The SOSF episode (S04E04) "Men Will Die," starring Vera Miles is about rape. There is something majorly dumb about this episode.

When Stone and Keller go to talk to the woman who witnessed a previous rape in Golden Gate Park (the rapist is suspected of being the Michael Parks character, who raped Stone's daughter Jeannie's friend in the current show; the raped woman in the earlier show later died), she is shown ONE picture, that of Parks.

Later, when Jeannie goes to the restaurant where the woman works to talk to her because she was not co-operative with Stone earlier, the same procedure is repeated, that she shows the woman ONE picture of Parks, which the woman finally identifies, calling him "scum."

But you can't have someone make an identification like this with only ONE PICTURE. You must show them a picture "lineup," and they have to pick the bad guy out of several.

So, what will happen is that the case against Parks, if it is based on the woman identifying one picture, will be thrown out of court, just like many other cases involving rapists where there is insufficient evidence or other "technicalities" which cause the criminal to get off!


Added: Tuesday 08 August 2017 07:51:14 MST
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I like Stamp Of Death. It has some Flash Of Color, Flash Of Death quality to it in that you learn that opals are registered and each unique are like fingerprints. The uniqueness of the $300,000 stamp in this episode helps narrow the possible suspect pool. Maybe, I'm biased because I like Earl Holliman and Jessica Walter as actors. They fit well together here. I guess the question is Why Kill Sturdevant? Conway has the stamp in question and with all the party guests...There would be many possible suspects. This is a process of elimination type episode. There would be a small number of rare stamp collectors in SF and only a few people would know Mr. Sturdevant had the unique stamp. That would include the 3 appraisers and the insurance company. In this respect, Stamp Of Death paints itself in a corner. The average burglar or thief might have just left the stamp. There are also questions Mr. Mike asked like how did Conway know Sturdevant kept the stamp hidden in that safe. He easily could have moved it or placed it in a safety deposit box. There's also a printer knock off similar to For A Million Why Not? It might have been more suspenseful if they had asked a ransom for the stamp and Sturdevant dropped the money at a certain location. How To Steal A Masterpiece style. Stamp Of Death a solid 2 1/2 stars. JC

Added: Monday 07 August 2017 13:13:29 MST
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SOSF S02E06 - "The Stamp of Death" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#6

(I really went to town on this one...)


Added: Sunday 06 August 2017 18:31:13 MST
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I don't think Nelson is miscast. As I indicated in my review, this episode is already pretty rank, so the writer probably resisted making Nelson into some kind of Charles Manson-like guru.

Added: Sunday 06 August 2017 08:31:17 MST
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Probably Maureen, mostly because I only know her as Marcia Brady. Just Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!! :)

I've seen Bosley in other roles, including MURDER, SHE WROTE and his starring role in FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES. Also he guested on BONANZA as a shifty and comical sort of guy, twice!

I'm not as familiar with Ricky. I remember seeing him in RIO BRAVO but that's it. I didn't watch OZZIE AND HARRIET.


Added: Sunday 06 August 2017 00:00:59 MST
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What's the worse miscast in The Streets of San Francisco for an actor/actress is thought of as wholesome:

1) Tom Bosley - The crook in "Going Home"
2) Ricky Nelson - The pimp in "Harem"
3) Maureen McCormick - The prostitute in "No More Minor Vices"
4) Other

I vote for Maureen McCormick.

For the record, I like the Ricky Nelson episode.


Added: Saturday 05 August 2017 20:23:21 MST
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Mike, what happened to your stars? Now we don't know what you think of the episode.

I don't think I cared much for "Harem" when I saw it. Of course that was a long time ago. Rick Nelson as a flute-playing sort of hippy pimp who lives on the street and wears sandals I guess was kind of an original idea. The typical 70s pimp was a black man with a big afro wearing lots of jewelry and some wild-colored suits and platform shoes, driving a cushioned pimpmobile. Still, I don't recall this one being particularly memorable. It was, however, written by John D.F. Black who wrote some of the very best FIVE-O episodes, including my personal favorites like "Rest in Peace, Somebody", "Candy and a Gun", "The Box", "Yesterday Died..."


Added: Saturday 05 August 2017 17:29:53 MST
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SOSF S02E07 -- "Harem" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#7


Added: Saturday 05 August 2017 05:18:45 MST
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